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James Innes


Faculty/Dept/School Faculty of Eng & Digital Technologies
Telephone +441274 238595


Dr. J Robert Innes, was awarded a PhD in Materials Science by the University of Manchester in 2019. During which he worked at the National Graphene Institute, reinforcing elastomer matrices with graphene related materials in order to target specific industrial problems, research jointly funded by the EPSRC and BP. He developed expertise in mechanical characterisation, Raman spectroscopy and AFM whilst investigating graphene nanoplatelets and their corresponding elastomer nanocomposites.

From 2019-Current, he has been working at the Polymer IRC on an EPSRC funded Low Carbon project investigating the processing of difficult to recycle polymers and elastomers. The research has so far demonstrated that compatibility between polymers and recyclates can be enhanced by reactive extrusion using twin screw extruders, publication pending.

Characterisation of devulcanized ground tyre rubber has been an important element of the current work plan, with a view to producing recycled elastomers closer to virgin-like materials.


Elastomers, Thermoplastic vulcanizates, Recycling, Circular Economy, Polymer nanocomposites, Devulcanization, Revulcanization


TitleEffect of solid-state shear milled natural rubber particle size on the processing and dynamic vulcanization of recycled waste into thermoplastic vulcanizate (2022)
AuthorsJ. R. Innes, B. Shriky, S. Allan, X. Wang, M. Hebda, P. Coates, B. Whiteside, H. Benkreira, P. Caton-Rose, C. H. Lu, Q. Wang, A. Kelly
JournalSustainable Materials and Technologies
TitleBreakage of carbon nanotube agglomerates within polypropylene matrix by solid phase die drawing (2020)
AuthorsLin X.;Gong M.;Innes J.;Spencer P.;Coates P.;Korde S.
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science